Arts Montco Week Lineup: Venues and Attractions

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The first-ever celebration of arts and culture in Montgomery County now features 39 events, attractions, and promotions, including LEGOLAND Discovery Center!

Arts Montco Week offers a series of festivities that will highlight Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s over 200 arts and culture venues, which normally represent $100 million in positive economic impact, not to mention hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs. 

The county, which has hosted such prestigious international entertainment organizations like Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, will roll out the red carpet to visitors for Arts Montco Week, September 17-26, 2021.

Current Line Up of Festitives

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia

500 W. Germantown Pike, Unit 1055, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11AM-5PM; Friday-Sunday 10AM-5PM
Starting at $21.99

Play is awesomer at LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Philadelphia’s only ultimate LEGO experience. Explore Miniland, a Philadelphia LEGO replica made of 1.5 million LEGO bricks, plus a special Arts Montco logo built entirely out of LEGO bricks.  Guests can also create and race a LEGO car down a giant speed ramp and explore the magic of the fun attraction. The LEGO Halloween Event also begins September 25 for fans of the haunted holiday.

Free Dance Class

The Dance Depot
50 W. Third Avenue, Collegeville, PA 19426
Saturday, September 18, 12:00PM; Tuesday, September 21, 10:00PM; Wednesday, September, 10:00PM
Free

The Dance Depot has been training students of all skill levels for the past 25 years. Their talented instructors are experts in their field of dance and are here to work with each student on their individual goals. During Arts Montco Week, the organization is offering free dance classes for ages 3-5 on various days and times

Scarecrow Festival

Floral & Hardy of Skippack

4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA 19474
Saturday, September 18-Sunday, September 19, 9AM-3PM
$25

Join Floral & Hardy of Skippack for their 11th Annual Scarecrow Festival and build your own life-size straw friend. Invite your family members and friends to participate in this fun fall activity. Each party will be stationed at their own outdoor pod.  All registrants will receive a one-hour time slot to build their scarecrow.

Paintings and Original Wood Sculptures

Moody Jones Gallery
107b South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Free

The Moody Jones Gallery is a boutique art gallery that features a rich collection of paintings and sculpture work. They are proudly located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and are excited to show the space and their appreciation for fine works of art to the community during Arts Montco Week. The gallery’s mission is to introduce guests to new, mid-level, and well-established artists working in different mediums.

Art-Themed Storytimes

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

1001 Powell St, Norristown, PA 19401
Monday, September 20, 10:30AM (ages 0-2)
Thursday, September 23, 10:30AM (ages 2-5)
Free

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, a gateway to lifelong learning, provides convenient access to resources that inform, educate, entertain, and enrich people’s lives.  They will be offering art-themed storytimes for a variety of ages during Arts Montco Week.

Live Drawing Class

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell St, Norristown, PA 19401
Monday, September 27, 2:30PM
Free

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, a gateway to lifelong learning, provides convenient access to resources that inform, educate, entertain, and enrich people’s lives.  This live drawing class at the library will feature popular book characters as inspiration to create art that the entire family will love.

Previously Announced Events and Promotions

Guided Tours at the Berman

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College
601 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426
Every day Tuesday-Sunday, 11AM-4PM
Free

The Berman Museum will have tours of the 4 exhibitions: Mapping Climate Change: The Knitting Map and The Tempestry Project by Alison Safford: Anthro(Site), Kris Graves: Testaments, and Lynn Chadwick Maquettes. Also, the museum will offer family-friendly scavenger hunts and activities throughout Arts Montco Week.

A Season of Act II Playhouse

Act II Playhouse

56 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002
Video On-Demand
$15

Did you miss Act II Playhouse’s full season of streamed shows? Watch them now at only $15 each! Choose one or all five, from politics to comedy to variety—each show is available on-demand.

Movie Screenings

Broad Theater

24 West Broad Street, Souderton, PA 18964
Various days and times
$9 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65, students, and military, and $7 for children under 12

The Broad Theater opened in 1922 as a single-screen movie theater.  It was the entertainment hub of the community for generations until its doors were closed in 2004.  

On November 28, 2020, the Broad Theater opened as a state-of-the-art three-screen movie theater with over 320 seats.  Digital projectors, Dolby 7.1 surround sound, and stadium seating provide a first-class movie experience.  Customers can watch first-run, classic, and independent films.  The lobby is a vibrant gathering hub for the community where patrons can enjoy concessions and the latest from FreeWill Brewing.

Gallery Exhibit of Local Artists

Haya Ground Studio

132 W Main St Rear, Norristown, PA 19401
Various days and times
Free

Haya Ground Studio is a brand new art gallery designed to elevate the experience and exchange of art through the lens of community, equity, inclusion, and positive self-expression.  They will feature an exciting exhibit of local artists during Arts Montco Week which will promote culture and expression as the centerpiece of coming together.

Connect With Nature

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA 19403
Visitor Center Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm;
Historic House Tours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00pm;
Mill Grove Grounds open daily, dawn to dusk.
$14 Adults, $10 Youth (6-17), $12 Seniors (65+), 5 and under Free; Historic House Tours: Free

Connect with nature at the John James Audubon Center, and discover the wonders of our friends in flight! The Audubon Center is located at historic Mill Grove, the first home in America of famed artist and naturalist John James Audubon. It was here where Audubon became captivated by the beauty and variety of birds surrounding him, and you will, too.

View Audubon’s original artwork inside the Center, tour the Historic House Museum for a glimpse into his life, and follow in his footsteps as you explore miles of nature trails along the Perkiomen Creek. Bring your binoculars to spot more than 175 species of birds that frequent the property.

Experience Pottery & Sculpture

Mirthful Angel Pottery & Sculpture Studio

1301 Valley Forge Road, Norristown, PA  19403
Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 26, 10AM-4PM
Free

Guests will be able to experience hand-crafted stoneware: one-of-a-kind utilitarian pottery vessels, and decorative ceramic sculpture at this Montgomery County pottery studio.

The Ethics of Living Jim Crow

Steel River Playhouse

245 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 19
Various Times
$15-$20

Steel River Playhouse, a  501(c)(3) nonprofit education and performance facility supporting individual and community development through the performing arts,  presents a one-man show based on the works of Richard Wright about growing up black in the south during the Jim Crow era. 

3rd Fridays in Souderton

Souderton Connects

Corner of Main & Chestnut, Souderton, PA
Friday, September 17, 6PM
Free

Join together in Souderton for an evening in town to meet friends old and new. Enjoy live music, food trucks, beer garden, winery, lots of vendors, art, ice cream, and extended store hours.

Voyage: Journey Tribute Band

Keswick Theatre

291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA
Friday, September 17, 8PM
$29-$39

VOYAGE has been hailed by fans and critics alike as the #1 Journey tribute band in the world, performing JOURNEY’s music with chilling accuracy! Since 2005, Voyage has dominated America with more sold-out shows than any other tribute.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Ardmore Music Hall

23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Friday, September 17, 8PM
$17-$50

Black Joe Lewis is the realest there is. When Covid sidelined his touring this past year, he started laying concrete to help support his baby mama and his kid. That’s real. When Joe and his band, the Honeybears, popped onto the national stage over a decade ago, critics embraced him. Through it all, Joe’s only honed his mastery over gut bucket blues guitar and his true voice. It’s a vital and distinctly American voice coming to Ardmore Music Hall.

22nd Annual Ursinus College Fringe Festival Drag Show

The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center at Ursinus College

601 E. Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426
Friday, September 17, 9PM
Free

Back by popular demand, this late-night favorite features performances by Ursinus’ favorite drag queen, Summer Clearance, and her fierce friends. To ensure the safety of our community, all audience members must be masked regardless of vaccination status.

Montgomery County Studio Tour

Various locations

Saturday, September 18, 10AM-6PM
Sunday, September 19, 11AM-5PM
Free

Friends, families, art enthusiasts, and the curious are invited to experience and meet a variety of outstanding artists as they exhibit their work during this free, two-day event.

This unique and intimate opportunity provides unlimited access to the artists, and a clearer understanding of their stories and creative processes.

Jason Salmon Fundraiser Comedy Show

SoulJoel’s Comedy Club & Lounge

155 Railroad Plaza, Royersford, PA 19468
Saturday, September 17, 7PM
$20

Jason Salmon has headlined all over the U.S. and performed abroad and for the troops throughout Europe and Afghanistan. His standup album, “Force of Nurture” debuted at #1 on iTunes and is available wherever you listen to comedy.

Besides standup, he is also the actor/writer/creator of the Comedy Central series, “A Cowboy Explains…” and his voice can be heard in the video game, Red Dead Redemption 2. He can also be been in shows like Wu Tang: An American Saga on Hulu, Orange is the New Black & 30 Rock, and At Home with Amy Sedaris.  $10 from every ticket will be donated back to Valley Forge Tourism’s Arts Montco Week initiative.

More about Arts Montco Week

This brand new festival is free for arts and culture venues to participate, with no requirements for in-person or virtual programming, and will feature a website, blog, video, public relations, and social campaign.

The goal of the initiative is to help reinvigorate Montgomery County tourism’s normally robust $1.65 billion positive economic impact – including more than 25,000 jobs.  The county, which has previous hosted the likes of organizations like Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is home to live music venues, award-winning playhouses, historic movie theaters, amazing architecture, museums and art galleries, and some of the finest gardens and arboretums in the country. 

Arts Montco Week will highlight the people and organizations that make these incredible venues inspire thousands of visitors a year.

Arts Montco Week on the Visit Valley Forge Mobile App

Guests will be able to experience all Arts Montco Week offers and events on the free Visit Valley Forge App.  The app is a hand-held guide for where to stay, play, eat, and shop in Montgomery County. Users will be able to claim special offers under “Maps & Info,” enjoy free digital highlights that are family-friendly, discover the best attractions, search-by-cuisine-restaurants, 80 hotels, outdoor activities like golf, and more.

Health and Safety

Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board takes the health and safety of its guests, staff, and artists very seriously. All venues are following local and federal health agency guidelines and regulations.  Patrons are encouraged to check each venue for their specific safety measures.  Updates to the Arts Montco Week lineup can be found at valleyforge.org.

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